Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)
otherwise called as the e-receipt, exit pass and sometimes referred
to as the overseas exit clearance based from our research online is
actually one and the same. For those who are having a hard time trying to distinguish one from the other, let this article help you know more about this Philippine document.
What is an OEC? It is part of the governing rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to have it as a requirement to be presented as a requirement document in any exit ports in the Philippines for OFWs. Whether you are working abroad, land-based or sea-based to be properly documented and protected.
Therefore, no OFW should leave for whatever work purpose outside of the country without securing this small paper from the POEA unless you are under the balik-manggagawa program.
If you have the OEC, it means you are exempted from paying travel tax and airport terminal fees as well. Singapore-bound OFWs on the other hand may apply either in the Philippines or in Singapore.
For returning OFWs, you may opt in to apply through the Balik-Manggagawa OEC system. Inside the official website, you will have the choice to pick which location you want to get the document. Below is a shortlist of the different offices where there is a catering counter that allows transaction for the exit pass.
POEA Counters from Office Branches:
If you are only on vacation and staying in the Philippines for five (5) days or less, you can get the OEC at the Labor Assistance Counter of the airport terminal.
There is an option for OFWs working in Singapore to apply for this document at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore. Less, you have to first make an online appointment as the POLO no longer entertains application without online reservation. It is best to apply before travel or best option is to apply for multiple OEC if you are on to travel multiple times.
For hassle-free and no-appointment setting walk-in applicants who are applying for POEA jobs abroad, you may do so by visiting the nearest branch or regional office near your area as listed below.
2nd Flr. LZK-Zambrano Bldg., Quezon Ave., City of San Fernando, La Union
(072) 242-5608 (telefax) / 072) 700-4236
13 Dalan na Pagayayya, Regional Government Center, Tuguegarao City
(078) 844-3076 (telefax)
Benitez Court Compound, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
(074) 442-9478 / (074) 445-4209 (telefax)
One Stop Clark Processing for OFW, Claro M. Recto, Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga,
(045) 893 4152
No. 4 Penthouse, Hectan Commercial Center, Chipeco Avenue, Brgy. Halang, Calamba City
(049) 502-2798, (049) 834-7974 (telefax)
3rd Floor ANST Bldg., Washington Drive, Legaspi City
Ground Flr. DOLE-RO7 Building, Corner General Maxilom Ave and Gorordo Ave., Cebu City
2nd Floor, S. C. Divinagracia Bldg., Quezon St., Iloilo City
2nd Floor, Old City Hall, Araneta-Luzuriaga St., Bacolod City
(034) 434-7391 (telefax)
DOLE Compound, Trece Martirez, Tacloban City
(053) 321-7134 (telefax)
2nd Flr., AMYA II Bldg., Quimpo Blvd. cor. Tulip Drive, Ecoland,Davao City
(082) 297-7429 (telefax) / (082) 297-7428, (082) 297-7650
Unit 3, Doña Pura Building, Metrogate Corp., Veterans Ave. Zamboanga City
Ground Floor Trinidad Bldg., Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City
(08822) 724-824 (telefax) / (08822) 729-465
Door 2, Nimfa Tiu Bldg IIJP Rosales Avenue, Butuan City
(085) 342-6178/7584 / (085) 225-5989
Initiative for Tawi Tawi Area Devt. Foundation Bldg., Old Housing Proj., Tubig Boh, Bongao, Tawi Tawi
The POEA has already launched last November 2012, the availability of online appointment system for application of the overseas exit clearance. But if you are just applying for local Philippines jobs, there is no need to secure one. Below is the step by step procedure on how to reserve a slot before reporting for very long line at the POEA office near you.
Please be advised that the processing of BALIK-MANGGAGAWA workers at designated BM-Processing Centers:
Shall not include the following:
Only OFWs are required to get an OEC. In this case, OFWs would include: work permit holders such as domestic helpers as well as S-pass, E-pass, PEP and TEP holders.
What are the requirements for Issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate?
Household Service Workers
S-pass/Employment Pass/Training Employment Pass
Personalised Employment Pass
Where and when to file an OEC?
OEC applications may be filed at Window 3 of the Philippine Embassy and the schedule of filing is from Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The issuance of exit pass are being done only during Sundays at Lucky Plaza.
How long will is processing time of Overseas Employment Certificate?
During ordinary days (not peak season) it only takes 5 to 10 minutes if the applicant will provide the complete and right documentary requirements.
Can a household service worker (DH) (domestic helper) apply directly with the embassy to secure the document, without passing thru Singapore agent (SinAgent)?
Yes, provided she has a valid employment contract processed by the Philippine Embassy, in addition to other documentary requirements stated above.
How much is the processing fee for Overseas Exit Clearance?
S$3.00 payable in cash only (singaporean dollars).
Application of "Multiple OEC"
Any OFW who intends to travel to the Philippines two or more times in the same calendar year may apply for and will be issued multiple OECs as per directive of the Philippine Embassy.
Issuance of MTEC will be subject to validity of the work pass and OWWA membership presented in exit clearance application.
What are the requirements for the application of a multiple travel exit clearance?
Issuance of “Multiple Travel Exit Clearances’ (Multiple OECs) is governed by POEA MC No. 12 (2005) which allows OFWs provided with short contract durations and frequent vacations to avail of the same with one year validity upon submission of the following:
Research shows that the filing and application schedule for your O.E.C. is as follows:
(Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.).
Another venue for your application is at Lucky Plaza – 304 Orchard Road, #03-11 (Sundays only from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.).
How much is the OEC fee?
Visiting the Teleserve online application and delivery service, the document costs and charges are as follows:
Total Fees – Php 2,650
What are the requirements for Balik-Manggagawa Overseas Employment Certificate?
What is a single Balik-Manggagawa Overseas Exit Clearance?
What is the BM- Multiple Travel Exit Clearance (MTEC)?
N. B. Validity of exit pass will depend on the requirements presented at the time the worker applies, that is: (a) OWWA membership validity; and (b) Work Pass validity.
For an applicant who cannot personally go to the Phil. Embassy, he or she may request another person to apply on his/ her behalf by submitting an authorization letter along with the above requirements. For married couples, the legal spouse can apply for overseas employment certificate even without authorization letter as long as the original documents/ requirements are presented.
Can multiple OECs still be used if a worker transferred to another employer?
Can unused Overseas Exit Clearance still be used if the worker has renewed his/her passport?
Can workers who transferred to a new employer and are holders of In-Principle Approval (IPA) apply for Overseas Employment Certificate?
What are the requirements for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership/ renewal?
What is the validity of OWWA Membership?